22. Emergency Drugs

First line drugs Specialist drugs Secondary Care drugs
Recommended in both primary and secondary care Where a specialist input is needed (see introduction for definition) Prescribing principally within secondary care only

Acetylcysteine (Parvolex®)

  • 200mg/ml x 10ml ampoules

Activated Charcoal

  • 50g packs

Calcium Gluconate Gel

  • 25g packs


  • 4mg tablets

Dicobalt Edetate

  • 15mg/ml x 20ml ampoules

Ethanol 100% (IV)

  • 5ml ampoules (100%)


  • 5mg/ml x 20ml ampoules 
  • 1g/ml x 1.5ml vials

Hydroxocobalamin (Cyanokit®)

  • 5g packs


  • Strength not specified

Methylthioninium Chloride (Methylene Blue)

  • 10mg/ml x 10ml ampoules   
  • Also formulary for visualisation of parathyroid glands during surgery (off label)



Sodium Bicarbonate 8.4%

  • 200ml infusion (8.4%)
  • See also under chapter 9.2.2.

Sodium Nitrite

  • 30mg/ml x 10ml ampoules

Sodium Thiosulphate 

  •  500mg/ml x 10ml ampoules

Viper Venom Antiserum, European

  • 10ml ampoules


Last updated by: Karen Hawkins on 29-05-2015 13:39